In neighborhoods with high crime rates and economic hardship, the Parks After Dark (PAD) program turns parks into vibrant community centers. Participating county parks stay open late during summer evening hours, when crime rates are the highest and youth have fewer social and recreational opportunities. Participating parks provide a variety of free activities for community members of all ages. PAD began in 2010 at 3 parks and currently takes place at 33 parks across the county. Participating parks provide a variety of free activities for community members of all ages.
Activities at Parks After Dark
LA Sparks Basketball Clinics
Basketball – Open Play, 3 on 3, Leagues, Clinics
Golf and Tennis lessons
Dance class – African, Aztecas, Creative Movement, Krump, Freestyle, Hip Hop, Line, Salsa
STRONG by Zumba®
Aerobics – Family, Step, Water
Art in the Park
Movies in the Park
Concerts in the Park
Family Game Night
Music classes & karaoke
Car Seat Safety
CPR/First Aid Workshop
Home Owner Information
Arts and Crafts
Ask the Nurse
Ask a Sheriff
Health and Wellness
Back to School
PAD is led by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with county and community stakeholders. DPH supports PAD through coordinating evaluation, strategic planning, aligning community health education and programming, and technical assistance to support park safety and safe passages. For more information about park programs, click here: parks.lacounty.gov
The report, Potential Costs and Health Benefits of PAD: A rapid Health Impact Assessment, examines the potential impacts of PAD on safety, physical activity, and cross-sector collaboration. Continuation and expansion of PAD would have positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of residents who live in areas disproportionately impacted by violence, obesity, and economic hardship.
The Community Walking Club Toolkit is designed to provide individuals, organizations, and community groups information on the health benefits of walking, and to encourage and promote the use of physical activity into your daily routine. Each week, you'll receive a health promotion tip on a different topic related to walking.
PAD: 2010 Prevention Violence While Promoting Healthy, Active Living
Want to learn more about how parks can have a pivotal role in addressing violence prevention while combating obesity at the same time? This
2010 Parks After Dark Brief provides information on Los Angeles County
residents who were treated for a concussion either as a
patient in the hospital or in an emergency department.
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.